Paisley named among the top 42 hockey towns in Europe


Paisley has been ranked as one of the top 42 hockey towns in Europe, according to the Canadian online travel agency Flight Network.

The town, which is the home of the highly successful Paisley Pirates, was ranked 41st in the list of top destinations to watch a thrilling game of action on the ice.

The list ranked each destination based on in-depth analysis of its hockey team, league, arena, fans and the unique hockey culture of each town.

Paisley was given particular praise by the website. They said: “The Pirates must be the only hockey team they have met that are run entirely by volunteers from the town.

“They do this because the Pirates are a labour of love run for their community, in the community and by the community. And who can argue with something so fundamental.”

Flight Network took months to compile the data required to make the list, with the list serving as a travel guide to the top places for catching a hockey game across the continent.

The website placed Paisley alongside hockey locations such as Zurich, Helsinki, Bern and Moscow.

The Paisley Pirates celebrated their 70 year anniversary last year, having formed in 1946 and they play in the Scottish National League.

The Pirates play home games at Braehead Arena, along with neighbouring side the Braehead Clan, and they celebrated winning the Scottish cup in 2016.

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Flight network added: “Although most tourists don’t find an attraction to small countryside towns, they’re never lacking in history, or stories, and Paisley has plenty of stories to tell.

“The town is known around the world as the home of the Paisley Pattern- and is currently bidding to be the UK City of Culture 2021.

“They act as referees, DJs, announcers and some even lace up their skates.”

The list not only acts as a guide for where to catch the finest game of hockey but encourages any visitors to discover some of Europe’s most attractive destinations.

Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan, Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, said: “We are delighted to see Paisley recognised as one of the top locations in Europe to watch a hockey match.

“Being featured on such a list will help put Paisley on the map and will hopefully encourage visitors and hockey fans to visit the town.”

You can find out who else joined Paisley on Flight Network’s Top 42 Hockey Towns in Europe, and to find out where Edinburgh finished on the list, here:


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